When the temperature drops, specific techniques can be red hot for bass fishing. We often get calls asking which rods are the best for these techniques. Here's a quick reference guide to two popular techniques and choices:
Umbrella Rigs (aka A-Rigs) For rigs 3 ounces or less, the ZOLO PowerBolt and IKOS Thunder are top choices. They have overall lengths and handles that are perfect for bomb casting. Both of these rod models also excel in keeping fish buttoned up to increase landing percentages. A-Rig hits are usually solid, more violent bites and may result in multiple fish landed. The moderate fast actions of these two rods support increased landing ratios for this technique.
Big Jigs Low water temps see an increase in big bass from deeper water. Mature females are staging for the spawn, and weather fronts have less influence over deep water fish. Big jigs address this bite, and technique-specific rods add to successful fish landing. The ENOX Shock, ZOLO Brawler, and the IKOS Hammer 73 are our top picks for wintertime big jigs. All feature fast actions and the added backbone to drive home a heavy wire jig hook. The added lengths of the Shock and the Brawler are an asset because it results in moving more fishing line, translating into more hook setting power. Hookset power is vital at deep depths (15'+).
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